The Town of North Hempstead has more than a dozen open positions it is seeking to fill in the wake of multiple high-profile departures in recent months.
The list posted on the town website includes a chief sustainability officer, multiple departmental deputy commissioner positions and automotive employees in the Highway Division.
Town officials said that they are carefully evaluating each vacancy to determine whether it should be filled and that staff will “chip in” in the interim. The roster continues to grow, with the town board approving two additional resignations at its Aug. 8 meeting.
Maxine Moss, who worked in town clerk Wayne Wink’s office, resigned effective July 14. Moss held the civil-service title of secretary to councilman, although there are no council members in the clerk’s office. She worked in the town since 2009, and her 2017 salary would have been $45,852.
“Secretary to the Councilman was a general title [not for a particular councilman] which predated Wayne Wink’s term here at the town,” town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said.
Trottere said the position is now listed as secretary/town clerk and is being posted internally.
Robert Duchnowski, an auto lead mechanic in the town’s Highway Division, also resigned as of July 13. His 2017 salary was $78,294, which does not include overtime. In 2016, Duchnowski collected nearly $46,000 in overtime, the highest among town employees, bringing his total salary that year to $123,218. He was employed with the town for more than a decade. The position has been posted on the town website.
The town’s vacancies also include several high-profile changes. Deputy Supervisor Aline Khatchadourian went part time in June, stating personal reasons. Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth previously told Newsday that other staff members would provide additional support.
This was also the town’s response when Kim Kaiman, the executive director of the town’s nonprofit Business and Tourism Development Corporation, resigned in June. Town officials said the agency’s deputy director, Roy Smitheimer, would take on her responsibilities in the meantime. The town has not posted this position on its website. Trottere said Wednesday that “no decision has been made” concerning Kaiman’s former position.
There are four open deputy commissioner positions, including in the departments of Information Technology, Public Safety and the Solid Waste Management Authority. Some have been vacant for more than a year.
The town did not directly respond to how it will maintain operations while the search continues for these positions.
When asked whether Bosworth is concerned about personnel staffing, Trottere said that “Supervisor Bosworth’s aim is to provide excellent services for Town residents while remaining within the tax cap.”